Calmuc Tartary: Or, A Journey from Sarepta to Several Calmuc Hordes of the Astracan Government; from May 26 to August 21, 1823

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Holdsworth & Ball, 1831 - Astrakhan, Russia (Government) - 262 pages
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Page 36 - In the southerly steppes, the thermometer often remains for weeks together at 30" of Reaumur, and not a single refreshing cloud appears in the heavens. Overpowering as the heat is in summer, it is not worse than the petrifying cold in winter, when the thermometer is as many degrees below the freezing point ; and this is felt the more, because no mountains intervene to keep off the cold air from the east, which comes from the lofty, ice-covered Mongolia in an irresistible stream. ' One of the marvels...
Page 119 - Sanscrit character ; each of these is fixed upon an iron axis, which goes through a square frame ; this frame] is capable of being shut up flat, and is formed upon a small scale, much like a weaver's shearing machine. Where the lower parts of the frame cross, there is a hole in which the axis of the cylinder turns : by means of a string which is attached to a crank in the spindle, the machine can be kept in motion ; so that the cylinder turns in the frame like a grindstone (only upright) •upon...
Page 55 - Tartar. It owes its completeness probably to its being required not only to afford shelter from the heat of summer, but from somewhat severe cold in winter. These tents consist of a number of parts which are easily put together and taken to pieces. They are round, with a funnel-shaped roof and blunt at the top. The framework is composed of willow laths about an inch thick, perforated where they cross, and fastened with leathern thongs. Six or eight frameworks, when fastened together with woollen...
Page 120 - As these prayer-machines usually contain the Tangud formula, which is serviceable to all living creatures, (repeated it may be ten thousand times, so that there is a multiplication of power like that in the English Machines, equivalent to the...
Page 119 - These prayer mills perform a much more important office than a rosary, which only serves to assist the person who prays. The Moguls believe that it is meritorious respectfully to set in motion (whether by the wind or otherwise) such writings as contain prayers, and other religious documents, that the noise of these scraps of theology may reach to the gods, and bring down their blessing. As these...
Page 146 - Joel (chapters 1st and 2nd,) refer to the locusts, as the agents of a chastising Providence, for they are a real scourge to the nation in which they appear, laying waste whole districts in a very short time, by their dreadful rapacity and great numbers. Wherever they settle, they devour not only every thing green, but the stems of the shrubs, and the weeds of the sea: the Calmucs told us that the very felt on their tents was entirely consumed if they suffered a swarm of these enemies to descend unmolested....
Page 147 - ... frightful assiduity. In the sunshine their wings appeared like silver or glass, and reflected a tremulous light. Where we passed through their ranks, they rose in thick clouds, with a loud rattling caused by the flapping of their wings against one another, and continued whizzing in irregular groups through the space around us, like snow when it falls in large flakes. The path which they left for us, was about twenty paces wider than our line of march, and it was immediately filled up at the same...
Page 119 - Where the lower parts of the frame cross, there is a hole, in which the axis of the cylinder turns; by means of a string, which is attached to a crank in the spindle, the machine can be kept in motion, so that the cylinder turns in the frame like a grind-stone (only upright) upon its axis. Before the fire at Sarepta, we had two large...
Page 149 - ... then shaking itself again with increasing violence, until the breast and head break through, the old covering by continued effort is thrown off, and the insect appears in its perfect state. The wings now grow to their full size, and appear to strengthen before the eyes of the observer, and acquire, by exposure to the air, their natural colour and splendour. While the boys were busied in seeking more blades of grass with locusts upon them, the spectators unceasingly repeated their exclamations...
Page 147 - Calmucs when the locusts are at hand, because they can satisfy themselves with these insects. A circumstance which happened some years ago at Sarepta, is sufficient to prove that locusts are excellent food: the hogs in that neighbourhood became unusually fat, by having been fed for some time entirely upon dead locusts which had been drowned in the Volga, and thrown in heaps on the shore.

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